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Porchlight Storytelling Series

Selected stories from Porchlight, San Francisco's longest-running storytelling series, hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick.Co-founders Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte invite six people from different backgrounds to tell ten-minute true stories without using notes or memorization.

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Kill Your Darlings: The Unpleasant Art of Starting Over. Porchlight + Litquake 2015

Litquake’s edition of the Bay Area’s long-running Porchlight series (15 years!) returns to the festival for a special storytelling night of authors and writers, telling tales on the theme of “Kill Your Darlings.” Featuring stories by Heather Mackey, Martha Tolles, Neal Pollack, Mark Haskell Smith, Siamak Vossoughi and Ali Liebegott. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on October 12, 2015 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung. 

1hr 17mins

15 Dec 2015

Rank #1

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It's Not You: Stories about Heartache, Heartbreak and Break-Ups

Porchlight and SF Sketchfest present stories from: Soccer journalist--Alan Black Stand-up comedian--April Richardson Zinester, illustrator, and pet portrait artist--Nicole Georges Comedian, actor, musician, and host of “The Dave Hill Explosion”--Dave Hill Comedian, actor, and writer --Scott Capurro Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick. Podcast produced by Briana Breen. From February 8, 2013 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.

1hr 4mins

16 Mar 2013

Rank #2

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Porchlight + Greenhouse: JOBS

Porchlight partners with Greenhouse, a software company that optimizes hiring practices, for a show of stories about JOBS. Our storytelling superstars for this special edition include writer/musician Eric Shea, HIV educator Ed Wolf, and producer/comedian Dana Merwin.    Hosted by Arline Klatte at the Hilton Union Square on May 26, 2016. Recorded by PSAV and mixed by Patty Fung.

39mins

1 Aug 2016

Rank #3

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Last One to Leave Please Turn Out the Lights

A very special edition of the Bay Area’s longest-running storytelling series, now in its 13th year! An evening of unforgettable stories by a stellar cast of feisty San Franciscans who are STILL HERE. So you know: This show is not meant to be a bummer, but rather a rollicking night featuring people who love this city and would prefer to stay here and keep on loving it. Stories from: Tim Redmond, Cammy Blackstone, Rio and Rene Yañez, Marilynn Fowler, Shannon Matesky and Ed Wolf. Also featuring songs by: Stephen Smith and Tom Heyman. Hosted by native San Franciscans Arline Klatte and Marc Capelle, along with Beth Lisick (born in San "The Hose" Jose, y'all!) on April 20, 2015 at San Francisco's Verdi Club.  Recorded by Paula Junn. Mixed by Patty Fung.

1hr 24mins

12 May 2015

Rank #4

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Back To School! Porchlight Open Door

Get schooled with these stories from teachers, students, and people learning (or not learning) formative lessons.  Hosted by Arline Klatte and Jack Boulware September 24, 2012 at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen.

1hr

18 Aug 2013

Rank #5

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Kitchen Confidential 2016

Kitchen Confidential is back! Hear some of SF's finest onstage with their insider stories about food, restaurants, kitchens, customers, and the vagaries of having a life in the service industry. Writer and restaurant person Karen Leibowitz. Natural foods expert/writer Matt Levine. Cookbook author J. Kenji Lopez-Alt. Comedian Kyle Mizono. Chef/teacher Erika Almeida Mooney and superstar chef Richie Nakano. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on April 13, 2016 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung. 

1hr 10mins

4 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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Exit Interview: Don't Let The Door Hit You On The Ass

Stories of making an exit from: Mike Morasky, Brittney Gilbert, Michael Ching, Broke-Ass Stuart aka Stuart Schuffman, and Kelly Beardsley. Special musical performance by Carletta Sue Kay. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Ali Liebegott on September 16, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen. 

1hr 8mins

9 Oct 2013

Rank #7

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There Will Be Blood: The Family Show

Extra helpings of family secrets, evil step-grandmothers, famous fathers, and horrible dinner table conversation will be served.  Stories from: Sean Keane, Marianna Cherry, Christopher Caen, Jay Beaman, Karen Duffin and Ali Liebegott.  Hosted by Arline Klatte and Ali Liebegott on November 18, 2013 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.  

1hr 5mins

27 Nov 2013

Rank #8

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Imposter

Stories of lies, deception, and trickery from: The Roxie Theatre's--Mike KeeganArtist and radio producer--Stacy BondAuthor and Litquake co-founder--Jack BoulwareSan Francisco real estate agent--Steve MavromihalisMills College professor--Maura FinkelsteinYA novelist and MR. T Experience frontman--Frank Portman Hosted by Arline Klatte and Jon Moscone June 17, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen.

1hr 16mins

30 Jun 2013

Rank #9

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Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

Porchlight returns with a Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution edition featuring Wavy Gravy, Bob Barsotti, Eric Shea, Deanne Franklin, Bart Davenport, and Lorrie Murray. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on May 12, 2016 at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Recorded by Brandi Howell. Mixed by Patty Fung. 

1hr 19mins

29 Jun 2016

Rank #10

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Too Hard To Keep

Stories about times it was too hard to keep it together, too hard to keep a secret, too hard to keep thinking about, and too hard to keep up.  Told by Michael Bunin, Suzanne Kleid, Brian McMullen, and Rick Oginz. Hosted by Beth Lisick and Arline Klatte on March 20, 2014 at San Francisco's Contemporary Jewish Museum. 

51mins

2 May 2014

Rank #11

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Kitchen Confidential 2014

Kitchen Confidential, Porchlight's most anticipated show of the year. Get all the dirt from the top food people in this unapologetically food-obsessed town, as stories from the kitchen, the front of the house, and the food truck are told onstage. Stories from: Chef and TV Personality Joey Altman, James Beard Award Winner and Slanted Door's Charles Phan, Author and St. Vincent Owner David Lynch, Restaurant Family Scion and ll Fornaio Co-Owner Mike Mindel, Writer and Culinary Tour Guide Nina Tamburello, and Former Private Chef Zahra Noorbakhsh. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Delfina's Craig Stoll on May 19, 2014 at San Francisco's Verdi Club. Recorded by Paula Junn. Mixed by Patty Fung.

1hr 24mins

20 Mar 2015

Rank #12

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Comics take the stage: Sketchfest 2012

Etiquette advice for stalking celebrities, becoming a man through Bar Mitzvah and phone sex, how breaking bones can be good for your health, and why sometimes you really need a BB gun to take down the Xmas tree.  Stories from: Bobcat Goldthwait, Moshe Kasher, Caitlin Gill, and Anna Seregina. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on January 20, 2012 at the Purple Onion in San Francisco.  Podcast produced by Briana Breen.

1hr 2mins

12 Nov 2013

Rank #13

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Comics Take the Stage: SF Sketchfest 2015

For the fifth year in a row, Porchlight teams up with the San Francisco Sketchfest to bring you a rollicking night of storytelling by a line-up of people in the writing and funny business. Working with the theme FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT, six superstars tell ten-minute stories for your joy and entertainment. Stories from: Shelley McLendon, Derrick Brown, Frank Portman, Phoebe Robinson, Scott Capurro and Ophira Eisenberg.    Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick on January 25, 2015 at the Verdi Club in San Francisco. Recorded by Paula Junn. Mixed by Patty Fung.

1hr 24mins

17 Feb 2015

Rank #14

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As Luck Would Have It. Porchlight's Eleventh Anniversary Show!

STORIES FROM: British bookbinder—Dominic Riley Writer—April Sinclair  Literary superstar—Michelle Tea YA author and Mr. T. Experience frontman—Frank Portman Poet, actor and storyteller—Hai Ning Luan Musician and talent booker—Anthony Bedard Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Lisick July 26, 2013 at San Francisco's Verdi Club.  Podcast Produced by Briana Breen

1hr 10mins

4 Aug 2013

Rank #15

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Porchlight Open Door: Scary, Creepy, Not OK!

Porchlight Halloween show. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Marc Capelle on October 27th, 2014 at San Francisco's Hemlock Tavern

58mins

23 Dec 2014

Rank #16

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Porchlight Open Door: Feast or Famine

Stories of appetites, obsessions, and hunger pains.  Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spottswood on November 25, 2013 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.  

56mins

15 Dec 2013

Rank #17

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Ready to Wear: The Fashion Show

Mom, philanthropist and former model--Paula Williams Fashion blogger--Adelle McElveen Crafty lady and "What Not To Wear" victim--Pam DeLuco Interior designer--John James Former model turned writer--Meghan Ward Author, teacher and performer--Richard Silberg From March 21, 2011 at San Francisco’s Verdi Club.

1hr 9mins

23 Jul 2013

Rank #18

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Bay Area Love Stories

Stories about love and the Bay Area told by Chinaka Hodge, Thao Nguyen, Anthony Bedard, Dana Merwin, John Reichmuth, Hiya Swanhuyser and music by Carletta Sue Kay. Hosted by Arline Klatte & Beth Lisick on September 4, 2014 at the California Academy of Sciences.

1hr 16mins

21 Oct 2014

Rank #19

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Law & Order. Porchlight Open Door.

Stories of parents and drug dealers, and parents who are drug dealers, an M.P. guarding high value detainees in Baghdad, how not to get into Egypt, lawlessness in Cambodia, spanking, late night run-ins with campus police, what to say when a cop wants to search your vehicle, and bedbugs. Hosted by Arline Klatte and Beth Spottswood. Podcast produced by Briana Breen.   From March 25, 2013 at San Francisco’s Hemlock Tavern.

1hr 1min

11 May 2013

Rank #20